Social media has given us a venue to air our inner thoughts. The platform given to us is neither negative nor positive. It’s how we use it is what makes the difference.

Recently, someone coined a term I came across with – “humblebrag”.
An Urban Dictionary defines it as “when you, consciously, try to get away with bragging about yourself by couching it in a phony show of humility.”

A few true to life examples include:

“Flying first class isn’t all that it’s cut out to be when you smell the toilet”

“Will Twitter be available for me in Paris, Milan, or the Maldives? I hope so because it won’t in Hong Kong or Singapore.”

“It always feels a little odd to me when I get recognized randomly in public. I never know what to say. I’m glad it doesn’t happen often.”

“I just did something very selfless. But more importantly, it was genuine and I know it means a lot to the person in the long run. #soworthit ”

Forbes.com tells us that it doesn’t work during job interviews.
A Harvard study confirms why it really doesn’t work.
And The Huffington Post tells us why it’s annoying.

How do we avoid it?
We have to first admit the temptation for everyone (including myself) to do it.

Secondly, to the guilty (again including myself), we have to admit we’ve done it.

Thirdly, let’s remember what we are told in Philippians 2:3.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
Wow. I know that’s tough.

But when we go back to the gospel, which Paul does in the following verses, we realize 2 things.

1. We have an example in Christ – who by very nature God Himself, humbled himself by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. He is our peg.

2. But more than an example, he empowers us to be able to do what He did. When we embrace the truth of what He has done: He paid a debt He did not owe because we owed a debt we couldn’t pay. As a result, we can be redeemed from sin and self. Wicked and flawed we may be but loved and accepted we truly are.

This, as we are daily reminded, will ground us in reality that there is nothing we can be boastful about for all we have, all we are and all that we hope to achieve is only by the grace of God.